5 Things I Hate About Shopping

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I haven’t had a vent on the blog for a while now so Madam Bipolar’s new linkup, Grumble Sunday, has come at just the right time for me. 

I have a love/hate relationship with shopping. I hate it more than I love it but you have to eat and you can’t really go about without clothes on (well not where I live, anyway!) so it is a necessary evil.

But there are 5 things in particular that really bug me about a trip to the local shopping centre…

1. Carparks

Carparks are the work of the devil. First, you have to drive about hoping you hit gold and find a vacant park within a kilometre of where you need to go, rather than hitting another car, or even worse, a pedestrian.

While looking for this elusive treasure you have to somehow avoid stupid drivers who clearly have no idea what they are doing and reverse without checking for traffic, or worse, have a cursory check but continue on anyway.

You should also avoid clueless pedestrians who just walk in the middle of the road for no reason whatsoever – I know the gene pool would probably be richer without them but it’s still better to do the right thing.

Lastly, you have to try to return to your car before it costs you the GDP of a small country to exit, then successfully put your ticket in the machine before the clock ticks down.

On the surface that doesn’t seem that bad, unless you are too short to comfortably reach the machine and proceed to drop your ticket trying to reach said machine and then have to get out of the car to find it (I categorically deny that this actually happened to me yesterday….) 

2. Queues

There is a reason I do not attend the post Christmas sales and avoid shopping centre “fun days” like the plague. I hate queues and I hate waiting endlessly for stuff that really isn’t that important to me.

The only queue I will willingly join is for Santa photos. I will still silently pout and grumble about being there but I know I’m doing it for the kids. Otherwise, there is absolutely nothing I can think of that would induce me to wait in line for it. 

3. Medicare

While we’re on the subject of queues at shopping centres I must mention Medicare. As I have 3 kids with numerous medical issues and needs, I find myself at our local Medicare office. A lot. There is always a queue and it is always because of some elderly person who can’t hear properly and who apparently can’t claim whatever they’re trying to claim. 

Medicare in general is a nightmare so I am not surprised so many people are confused by what can and can’t be claimed. If I wasn’t so reliant on my “second bank” I would be totally boycotting it, but alas, I am mercenary so I will whine loudly about it instead!

4. Personal Space (or lack thereof)

My pet peeve when out shopping is when you’re finally done and you’re waiting in line to pay and the person behind you is clearly too close for comfort. It doesn’t seem to matter how many times you subtly move forward to avoid feeling their breath on your neck, they stick you like glue. I can’t stand it.

Lately I have taken to standing my ground and even making a move backwards if they get too close. I may have even purposely jerk my head back and make a random gesture to stake my claim to MY personal space. If you can’t take the hint, take the pain you clueless nitwit…

5. Charity workers and roaming salespeople

I hate being cornered by a charity or salespeople trying the hard sell. I am one of those people who will purposely walk as far around them as I can to avoid being accosted. If I do get accosted, I play the rushed and harried mother card and take off as fast as I can (luckily that role comes extremely naturally to me…)

If I truly want to give to a charity or buy a particular product I prefer to do that on my own terms – I hate being cornered in a public place and I WILL NOT be a part of it. Honestly, I think they should be banned from shopping centres, that’s my opinion anyway.

So that’s my rant today about the 5 things I hate most about shopping. Thanks to Madam Bipolar for allowing us to vent on Grumble Sunday…I’ll just go and have a little lie down now!


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14 Responses

  1. zoe says:

    OMG. Are you me? I agree with all the points. Though I’ve never been to MEdicare office i would assume it is nightmare-ish. I was at Ikea the other week and this family were actually within centremetres of my ass. I should have farted.
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  2. MadamBipolar says:

    I hate Medicare too. The wait is soooooooooooo long. :mrgreen:
    Thanks for joining the linky. 😛 Xxx
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    • Kirsty says:

      Medicare sucks – if I could get around it, I wouldn’t go at all but after all the money I dole out for medical specialists and therapists for the kids I need at least some of my money back!

      Thanks for hosting the linky – great idea!

  3. Marcy says:

    I hate shopping. I hate the waiting and having to try things on. I mostly hate going through all the trouble, and then the store not having the right thing that I need, or the salespeople being unwilling to help. I like just clicking away for things I need on the Internet.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I hear you Marcy! I like shopping better when I have the time to go out and just leisurely look around without the kids or my husband but that very rarely happens. Instead we all get stressed out and come home in grumpy moods! I don’t really do much Internet shopping but maybe i should give it a go – does sound very tempting…

  4. The only thing I don’t like about shopping is having to take the kids with me. I can spend hours wandering around blissfully and not even buy anything.
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    • Kirsty says:

      I certainly enjoy it far more when I am on my own and at my leisure…but that very rarely happens for me now 🙁

      I just hate most of the crap that goes with shopping and the fact I never have enough money to buy all the things I would like!

  5. Kate Sins says:

    Aaaahhh, I’m with you on all these points (‘cept Medicare – I’ve only been in there three times and never had to wait long…). I am so scared of carparks that I can never buy another car in case it’s too big, people and their extraordinaryily scary inability to walk in a straight line and sooooo bloody slowly kills.me. I get tense and anxious and so huffy… Grrrr..

    The best way to avoid the roaming sales people and charity workers is to give them your fiercest, harried, I’m-going-to-hit-you-if-you-even-look-at-me face… Works a treat!

    Love this post!
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    • Kirsty says:

      Kate, carparks are the worst, I could have written a whole post just about them!

      I will have to practice that “I’m going to hit you if you even look at me” face – I don’t think I have perfected that one yet (I usually look constipated when I try to look fierce and hostile!!!)

  6. Crystal says:

    Ooooh yes! Don’t forget people who park in Parent Parking who obviously don’t have any small children in their car or people with disabled permits who think it entitles them to take Parent Parking spots!! We can’t park in their’s so who allows them to park in our spots!! Grrr
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  7. LizC says:

    I agree whole-heartedly with all your points. Well said!

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